Council hits 100 days – progress, lots more to do

Mayor Mark Jamieson

Mayor Mark Jamieson is pleased with the new council’s first 100 days – but said there’s a lot more to do.
The Mayor said the region is heading in the right direction to make the Sunshine Coast the most sustainable region in Australia.
“From day one the priority of my council team has been to create the right environment for investment to create jobs for our children,” Mr Jamieson said.
“The only way to do that is in partnership with the community, business and other levels of government – and we’ve done just that.”
“We have also recommitted to the vision for the Sunshine Coast to become the most sustainable region in Australia.
“That means having a sustainable community and lifestyle, a sustainable environment and a sustainable economy.”
In the first 100 days Council has connected:
  • Met with a broad range of community and business groups across the Sunshine Coast to discuss the needs, issues and priorities of the region.
  • Met with Premier and senior Ministers to establish productive and professional relationships
  • Held the Inaugural Business Leaders Round Table
  • Convened the Commonwealth Games Opportunity forum
In the first 100 days Council has delivered:
  • Unveiled portfolios with a greater focus on economic development
  • Developed and adopted the 2012/13 Council budget, Operational Plan and annual Capital Works Program
  • Approved the 10 year capital works program in line with the long term financial model.
  • Commenced international flight connection between Auckland and Sunshine Coast Airport with Air New Zealand
  • Launched Business Ezy – an online eBook designed in consultation with local business leaders and operators to be the foremost resource for Sunshine Coast’s current business operators, people considering a business in the region and businesses contemplating relocation or expansion
  • Scheduled information sessions for the Sunshine Coast University Hospital construction project – Council is encouraging all trades, sub-contractors, small companies and others to find out more to be well placed when tendering for hospital-related work
  • Commenced the Environmental Impact Study for the expansion of the Sunshine Coast Airport
  • Awarded the first contract for the Maroochydore Principal Activity Centre to a consortium of three locally based companies.
In the first 100 days Council has made a difference by:
  • Reduced fees for employment generating development such as commercial, retail or industrial floor space applications as part of the adoption of the 2012/13 Budget and targets.  The fees have been reduced by 5% up front and any new development approved and use commenced within 2 years will receive a 25% refund upon commencement
  • Waived all fees associated with pre-lodgement meetings and encouragement of multiple meetings – this applied initially to Operational Works applications and has now been extended to planning applications
  • Commenced of electronic lodgement of plumbing applications for faster processing and completion
  • Commissioned a Community survey to establish a baseline for the performance of this Council from the community’s perspective
In the first 100 days Council has done all these things, and much more, while also delivering quality services to the region’s communities on a daily basis
“Under my leadership, I want council to concentrate on doing the right things – so we get the right results,” Mayor Jamieson said.